The Gift of Sofrito
Sofrito - that heavenly base seasoning used throughout Spain and the Latin Carribean islands - is amongst our top favorite cooking ingredients. A rarity at Cafe Drake because we're too lazy to undertake the serious endeavor it is to actually make (a combination of, amongst other ingredients, finely minced red, green and yellow peppers, onions, garlic, cilantro, culantro, chilies, cumin, oregano, tomatoes) and the jarred variety is bland and loaded with chemicals. You can imagine then our face-wide grins when neighbor Ralf Rodriguez handed us several containers of the stuff, freshly made and frozen, ready at a moment's notice to elevate rice, beans and stews to their greatest heights.
Below: rice and chickpeas, both enhanced with Ralf's sublime sofrito.